Thursday, June 29, 2006


If it took Proust fourteen years to write his masterpiece, how long will it take to read?

If you choose to accept this mission, take a deep breath.

My reading will be from the two-volume Random House 1934 edition, translated as Remembrance of Things Past by C.K. Scott Moncrieff. As English translations and page numbers vary among editions, I will try to make the position and context of any references clear, so others can follow if they choose.

Assisting me in my reading will be Alain de Botton, How Proust Can Change Your Life; Roger Shattuck, Proust's Binoculars; and Milton Hindus, A Reader's Guide to Marcel Proust.

Available online at the University of Adelaide Library are the French texts of the first four volumes, and the complete seven volumes of Moncrieff's English translation.


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